Author and Job Role: Lucy Thomas, Commissioning & Policy Lead for Victim Services
Protective Marking: OFFICIAL
Police & Crime Commissioners have the statutory responsibility to provide services to support victims cope and recover. Stalking is a complex crime and victims require dedicated ongoing support.
Stalking is a prevalent and devastating crime experienced by 1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men, affecting over 1.5 million people in England and Wales every year (Crime Survey England and Wales, 2020).
Stalking is widely recognised as a complex crime, requiring ongoing case management. Many victims of stalking cite a lack of understanding and confidence with regards to what steps to take, a gap which will be tackled by addressed with the provision of these posts.
A Stalking Advocate (1×35 hour) post to be embedded in East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service (ESDAS) to support victims of intimate stalking.
The Police and Crime Commissioner to award £22,029 to ESDAS to fund this post for an additional 6 months until end of September 2024.
Police and Crime Commissioner Approval
I approve the recommendation(s):
Signature: Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend (wet signed copy held at PCC Office)
Date: 25 January 2024
All decisions must be added to the decision register.
Areas of consideration
No legal implication
Equality and diversity
Risks to human rights